©2019 by Clarence Choi.



Principal Investigator

Dr Choi is Assistant Professor of the Geotechnical Group in the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Hong Kong. He is founding and current Chair of the Debris Flow and Steep Creek Hazards Mitigation Committee of the Association of Geohazard Professionals. He is a Board Member of the International Consortium of Landslides of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Chair-nominated Member of the Technical Committee on Slope Stability (TC208) of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), Hong Kong nominated representative for the Joint Technical Committee (JTC1) on natural slopes and landslides, and an invited expert scientist on the One Belt One Road Mountain Disaster Dynamics and Integrated Prevention team of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is also on the Editorial Board of Landslides. Clarence received the 2017 Telford Premium Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers in the U.K., the 2017 R.M. Quigley Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Fugro Paper Prize from the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 2015. Dr Choi was appointed a Junior Fellow of the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study from 2015 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2019. He was also appointed as an individual member to the class of 2019 (6th Exercise) of the Chinese Association of Young Scientists and Technologists (第六届中国青年科技工作者协会). 


MPhil Student

Mr. Yu holds a Masters in Professional Engineering specializing in geomechanics from the University of Sydney, Australia. He carried out his undergraduate studies at China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). His research focus is on submarine landslides.


PhD Student

Pengjia is a PhD student in Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. He received his B.Eng from the department of geotechnical engineering at Sichuan University in 2019. He graduated among the top of his class and then joined Dr. Choi’s research group. His PhD work focuses on climate change and the effects of glacial recession on landslide dynamics.


Postdoctoral fellow

Dr V. Senthilkumar obtained his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical ) at Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu, India. He has served as a Senior Research Fellow on a research project on the investigation of rainfall induced landslides sponsored by Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India. He is the recipient of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) foundation award in May 2017. Dr Senthilkumar's research areas include landslide characterization and failure mechanisms.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Zhang obtained his B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering and Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering at Shandong University. He is the recipient of numerous Chinese National Scholarships. His research areas include mud flow, experimental soil mechanics, and granular flows.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Goodwin obtained PhD and MSc degrees in Civil Engineering (Geotechnics) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He received the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowship during his studies and was also awarded the Telford Premium Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers in UK. His research areas are on flow-structure interaction and mesoscopic mechanics of granular flows.


Research Assistant

Doug obtained a BEng in Civil Engineering from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and graduated among the top 5% of his class. During his studies, he research interests include flow-structure interaction and disaster preparedness. Doug is  a geotechnical engineer working for AECOM Asia Ltd. and working on various infrastructure projects in Hong Kong.